The Long Day Care Professional Development Programme (LDCPDP) is the single biggest investment ever in Australian professional development for child care and early learning educators in long day care (LDC) services.
There are a lot of opportunities to invest your LDCPDP funds, including covering the cost of Storypark.
To quote the Department of Education Website:
“The LDCPDP will fund LDC services to assist their educators to meet the qualification requirements under the National Quality Framework (NQF) and to improve practice to ensure quality outcomes for children. A key focus will be quality and equity.
The programme allows services to identify their specific professional development needs in order to support the NQF, adhere to the National Quality Standard and deliver the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) or approved learning framework.”
As practitioners across Australia already know, Storypark helps ensure:
Quality Area 1: Educational program and practice
1.2.1 “Each child’s learning and development is assessed as part of an ongoing cycle of planning, documenting and evaluation.”
1.2.2 “Educators respond to children’s ideas and play and use intentional teaching to scaffold and extend each child’s learning. “
1.2.3 “Critical reflection on children’s learning and development, both as individuals and in groups, is regularly used to implement the program.“
Storypark helps educators to appropriately document educational programs and practices, reflect on and analyse children’s development to inform next steps and planning processes, and work effectively together both as a team and a community.
Storypark helps capture the child’s voice through effective documentation by parents, families and educators, and directly through children’s contributions via audio and self-directed use of the Storypark app.
Quality Area 3: Physical environment/Quality
Storypark promotes sustainable practices – saving paper by sending information such as children’s learning stories, updates, forms, policies, and reminders digitally
Children’s artwork and photos can be stored electronically which helps the centre in saving paper and space in storing them.
Quality Area 6: Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
Storypark encourages better communication and far greater engagement, collaboration and partnerships with families.
Invited family members in over 103 countries regularly log into Storypark to be involved in the learning of children.
Because Storypark travels with each child parents can also include speech language therapists (or other specialists) in their learning community.
Quality Area 7: Leadership and service management
Records and information are stored electronically, ensuring staff, educators and families can immediately access them. Relevant information about e.g. National Regulations can easily be accessed to ensure that educators, staff and families are well informed.
Having one place for teacher reflections and groups discussions helps large teams to work more effectively together in supporting children’s learning.